China begins a third day of military exercises around Taiwan after Taiwan's president returns from meeting with American lawmakers. / NBC News

Analysis of those US intelligence documents circulating on social media. / The New York Times

Stuart Lau: Beijing wants to use France as a wedge between European and American strategies on China. / Politico

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has a secret, 20-year-history of accepting luxury vacations from a billionaire Republican donor. / ProPublica

Levi's says it plans to use AI to increase diversity in its models, rather than hire more models of color. / Business Insider

"I have the freedom of not being stuck in Dearborn, Michigan." A week in the life of a woman trucker. / N+1

See also: A day in the life of German climate activists. Also, some thoughts on the glory of trams. / Patagonia, The Los Angeles Review of Books

A bike ride through Avi Kwa Ame, the American West's newest national monument. / The Radavist

TMN's Rosecrans Baldwin explores contemporary art around the Joshua Tree region. / Travel + Leisure

Excerpts from notebooks kept by Marilyn Monroe while she underwent psychoanalysis. / Noted

A sampling of cheese-based cocktails, which are having a moment. / The Guardian

See also: "On TikTok, I'm the new face of taco salad." / The Boston Globe

Experience what it's like to see things color blind—e.g., where avocado paste and peanut butter pretty much look the same. / The Verge

Gorgeous watercolors from illustrator Kyutae Lee. / Behance